The National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) created Guiding Principles based on NSF criterion. These guiding principles, as well as NSF’s evaluation criteria below, are important factors to consider for your broader impacts work. 

Per the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG, updated as of June 1, 2020), the activities below may be considered broader impacts. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

  • Full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in STEM
  • Improved STEM education and educator development at any level
  • Increased public scientific literacy and public engagement with science and technology
  • Improved well-being of individuals in society
  • Development of a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce
  • Increased partnership between academia, industry, and others
  • Improved national security
  • Increased economic competitiveness of the United States
  • Enhanced infrastructure for research and education

NSF Broader Impact Evaluation Criteria:

  1. What is the potential for the proposed activity to benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes? 
  2. To what extent do the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts? 
  3. Is the plan for carrying out the proposed activities well-reasoned, well-organized, and based on a sound rationale? Does the plan incorporate a mechanism to assess success? 
  4. How well qualified is the individual, team, or organization to conduct the proposed activities? 
  5. Are there adequate resources available to the PI (either at the home organization or through collaborations) to carry out the proposed activities?